FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Dr. Aydin Z. Bill

Dr. Aydin Z. Bill was born in Istanbul, Turkey to Mrs. Fatine Kulaksiz and Dr. Cevat Zekai Bill. His parents were raised by families that lived alongside and served the last sultan of the Ottoman empire; his grandfathers were the Sultan Mehmet VI’s physician and court painter. His childhood was unique, and shaped his old-fashioned palace Turkish dialect, and his gentlemanly manners. His father passed away suddenly in his teenage years, and soon after his older brother, Mr. Acar Bill emigrated. Dr. Bill, around the age of 15, went to school and worked full-time to support himself and his mother. He continued to care for his mother for the entirety of her life.  

After completing his Medical Degree at University of Istanbul, and becoming a fourth-generation physician in his family, he emigrated to the United States for a residency program in psychiatry at Delaware State Hospital. He remained in Delaware, working full-time for over 50 years. His accomplishments included founding the first mental health crisis hotline in Delaware, serving two consecutive terms as President of the Delaware Psychiatric Society, and serving as Clinical Director of Rockford Center. Dr. Bill was also a Physician Emeritus of the Medical Society of Delaware, and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He displayed honest compassion for his patients treating all with respect. He frequently visited his patients on holidays, out of concern that they not feel alone. Colleagues and coworkers recall his quiet demeanor, and his insistence in treating patients in all circumstances, and from all walks of life, with dignity.
 
The true love of his life was Polly R. Bill, his wife of 30 years who passed away in 2007. After her death, he spoke endlessly about Polly and the life they shared together. They enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and family time.
 
He spent his retirement in Lewes, Delaware, with his best friend, Mr. T.R. Marshall III. Together they played backgammon daily, and enjoyed the company of the Marshall family. He will be remembered as an outstanding physician, loyal son & brother, devoted husband, loving father, and sweet grandfather who always tenderly played games with his grandchildren. He will always be remembered as a kindhearted man.
 
He is survived by his daughters, Aliye (Bill) Sanou and Sara (Bill) Maloney; his loyal sons-in-law; and his six grandchildren, Norah, Sofia, and Laurel Sanou, and Max, Sam, and Eliza Maloney. 
 
A memorial service to honor and share his memory will be held April 14th at 2:00 PM at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington.

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Submitted by The Smiths on
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Our deepest condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories of Aydin help you through this difficult time. May our loving, heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that soon, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" (Revelation 21:3, 4). May all of His promises concerning our loved ones who have passed away give you peace.

Submitted by Mildred Mealey on
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To Aliye and Sara, you have my sincere condolences on the passing of your Father. I met you girls only once, but with mutual friends, the Fileti, I came to know what a gentle, kind and genuinely good man your father was. I know he will be missed but surely you have many grand memories to ease you through this sad time.

Submitted by T. B. on
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So sorry to hear of the death of your father. Psalm 116:15 comforts us in knowing our loved ones are precious in God's eyes and he longs to resurrect them (John 5:28,29). May these verses comfort you during this difficult time.

Submitted by Benjamin Donahue on
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My deepest condolences. He was a very nice man, and a good therapist.

Submitted by Harrie Ellen Mi... on
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Dear Aliye and Sara, It has been so many years since I've seen you girls. You were both very young when you, Aliye, were in Kindergarten with my daughter Caroline, at Wilmington Friends. You two were great friends and your mom, Polly and dad, Aydin and my husband and I became good friends. Your parents were both very special, caring, compassionate people. I have a beautiful letter your father wrote to me when your mother passed away so suddenly. His words spoke so clearly of the fine man he was. Know that the tears and sorrow of today will one day in the not too distant future be replaced with sunshine and the memories of this fine man. -Harrie Ellen Minnehan

Submitted by Dr. Dennis Young on
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I had the good fortune to meet Aydin when he was a mentor to us residents at the State Hospital in 1974. He was always reliably the same, a kind and respectful man with an unfailing sense of humor. He was wealthy with friends and grateful patients and he was blessed with the love of Polly and his family. Dr. Bill has taken his place among finest physicians to have served Delaware and beyond.

Submitted by Sara Maloney on
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Dear Mr. Young, Thank you for your gracious words. If you would be so kind, please inform any of the other physicians with whom you are still in contact. We are hopeful to have some old colleagues come to the memorial and share any memories. Thank you, again, for your touching sentiment. ~Sara

Submitted by Sara Maloney on
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Thank you, Mrs. Minnehan. We remember your daughter. I'm glad to hear my parents friendship meant so much to you. Your words are extremely kind. Fondly, Sara

Submitted by Cynthia Heldt MD on
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My deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad and grandfather. Aydin was a wise and trusted colleague, with whom I shared many medically complex patients. He knew that much of medicine was walking with the patient through the course of their illness. He was a devoted husband, whom I got to know better in the course of Polly's tragic illness. He was the ultimate gentleman. Peace to all of you in this difficult time. Cindy Heldt MD

Submitted by virginia bennett on
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Dr. Bill treated my husband years ago at Wilmington Hospital. He was a godsend. He was kind and gentle to both my husband and me. .